The 2nd Connecting Women in Technology event was held at Cisco’s offices on Tuesday October 7th. This event was themed around being authentic and finding your perfect mentor.
We had an amazing line up of presenters, Phil Smith, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco UK with this agenda:
13:45 – Introduction and Welcome – Phil Smith, Cisco
14:00 – Finding a mentor to accelerate your career
14:30 – Breakout session: Authenticity group preparation
14:50 – Constance R Dierickx – RHR, ‘Authenticity in Action’
15:50 – Structured networking and coffee
16: 20 – Panel discussion: Finding your role model
17:45 – Informal networking and drinks
Some amazing panellists too all holding senior positions in their companies.
Kate Day – Director, Sales Force Business Development, Cisco
Sarah Shields – Director, EMEA Consumer Retail, Dell
Nicola Hills – Director, WebSphere Service Registry & Repository Development, IBM
Hilary McGuinness – Director of Marketing, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Intel
Natalie Johnston – Director, Solution Delivery, Microsoft
Geoff Hall – Chief Technology Officer, EMEA, Nortel
Feedback, once again was really positive – here’s an example
“Very insightful – really enjoyed listening to different experiences – Sales Engineer
Great to have a man on the panellists as it focuses on a variety of topics – not just gender – Business development manager
Great to meet and hear opinions of other women from other companies – IT Network specialist
Excellent session – it’s so good to share experiences with other women – Client Manager
Thanks to each company for their honesty and openness in these discussions, I was energised to be a part of the day and I’m really looking forward to the next event.
Our next event will be at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park on Thursday March 5th 2009 where we will continue the themed approach based on the feedback we’ve received so far…